EA shutting down online services for more older games

By Alice O'Connor, Mar 19, 2012 6:00am PDT

As it does so like to do, Electronics Arts is shutting down for the online portions of another round of games it deems under-played. Servers will be going offline soon for games including Burnout Revenge, January 2011 release Spare Parts, and EA Sports MMA, one of the first titles to use EA's Online Pass scheme.

Eleven console games are going down on April 13, listed by EA (via MCV):

  • BOOM BLOX Bash Party for Wii

  • Burnout Revenge for Xbox 360

  • EA Create for PC, PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360

  • EA Sports Active 2.0 for PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360

  • EA Sports Active NFL Training Camp for Wii

  • FIFA 10 for PlayStation Portable and Wii

  • The Godfather II for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

  • MMA for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

  • Need for Speed ProStreet for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

  • The Saboteur (loss of The Midnight Club access) for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

  • Spare Parts for PlayStation 3 Xbox 360

"As games get replaced with newer titles, the number of players still enjoying the older games dwindles to a level -- fewer than 1% of all peak online players across all EA titles -- where it's no longer feasible to continue the behind-the-scenes work involved with keeping these games up and running," is the boilerplate reason EA gives for its online shutdowns.

A small round of mobile online closures are also coming on March 31, including Battlefield 3: Aftershock, which only launched this February but was pulled from the App Store within weeks for being a bit rubbish. Here's the mobile stuff going offline:

  • Battlefield 3: Aftershock for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch

  • Fantasi Safari for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch

  • Ghost Harvest for iPhone

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